I left school with NO GCSEs & was pregnant at 17 – now I'm a millionaire business owner & TV star | The Sun

A WOMAN who left school with no GCSEs and fell pregnant at 17 is now a self-made millionaire, business owner and TV star.

Kate Stewart, from Liverpool, went from rags to riches when she set out to provide for her daughter and began building an empire.

Despite everyone telling the teen mum her future would only hold "benefits and more kids", the savvy youngster was determined to prove them wrong.

And she did, earning her first million by the age of 26.

Now Kate splashes her hard-earned cash on sparkling £242,000 diamonds, splurges on stunning £1,000 per night hotels, and constantly jets across the globe for luxury holidays.

The mum-of-four featured on Channel 5's How the Other Half Lives, where she told Ruth Langsford: "I left school with no qualifications and had a normal, dead-end job paying £2.50 an hour.

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"Everyone wrote me off and I thought 'no' and came back fighting. That gave me the drive to achieve."

Kate landed herself a secretarial role at 14, and studied for a business and management degree on the side – all while raising her little girl Caitlin.

A single mum at the time, Kate began building her impressive empire and found herself running a company.

She invested her money in tanning salons and beauty parlours in Liverpool before owning, and later selling, the famous Heritage Market.

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The glamorous businesswoman, 36, celebrated making her first million 10 years ago, just five years after launching her career.

She now owns The Sandon Complex, a 130 bed hotel with six bars and seven function rooms.


But Kate enjoys staying at the W Hotel in London, which costs an eye-watering £1,000 per night, and takes advantage of their "designer wardrobe service".

The mum-of-four pre-selects the outfits she wants, to save packing and creasing her own, and they wait for her when she arrives.

She said: "With the outfits already being here, it is so much easier and it is like being Cinderella trying them all on."

Time management and her self-image are to key factors to success, according to Kate.

"It is not about being looked at, it is about being remembered," she said.

Diamonds, jewels and designer handbags are Kate's "armour" when she sits down to battle it out at business meetings.

But she is proud of what she splashes her cash on, she said: "I don't get embarrassed by my spending, I have worked for everything I have got and I am proud of everything I buy."

And everything she does is for her kids, added Kate.

She has put her money to good use, helping out 2,000 families during the crippling cost of living crisis, and raising £12,7000 for those struggling to afford school uniforms.

Kate also appeared on ITV's The Secret Teacher, a show in which the UK's leading entrepreneurs go undercover in schools to highlight the challenges students face.

She was also the star of a Rich House Poor House millionaire special on Channel 5 and chatted on the This Morning sofa.


When speaking to Matchstick Creative, the multi-millionaire shared her three golden secrets to success.

"Trust your gut instinct, take risks and invest wisely", she advised.

Meanwhile the best business suggestion she was given was: "Always be whiter than white, that way, nothing can ever come back to bite you."

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The mum-of-four continued: "You have to believe in yourself. It’s so important to be confident in what you’re doing.

"And always adhere to everything that is required of you and keep on top of it. Finally, take risks!"

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